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Over the last five years SWCS has assisted VCSE's to raise £5.7m in Community Shares, £1.4m in grants and £1.8m in loans. Our partners Co-operative and Community Finance expertise has, over that time, invested or lent £5.2m to 159 VCSE organisations.
In relation to investment readiness, SWCS offer the following services:
Business & strategic planning: For success, resilience and sustainability advice is tailored to either new start phase or existing enterprises looking to grow.
Finance: Financial modelling including for complex renewable energy projects and long term projections for land and asset based acquisitions; Evaluation of all forms of finance available and their appropriateness; Community Shares advice and assistance with relevant documentation. Continuous improvement and quality standards: Evaluation and improvement of management systems and processes to enable the organisation to grow.
Governance: Recommending the most appropriate legal structure and constitution related to the depth and variety of ways to raise finance; Incorporation service using nationally recognised model rules for every legal form of business; Training in the roles and responsibilities of the Directors, Secretaries and officers plus satisfying the organisation's regulatory bodies; Working with a membership and/or key stakeholders; Training in Decision making and conflict resolution.
HR: Evaluation and improvement of HR practices to enable the organisation to grow effectively; Evaluation of equalities practices and monitoring.
Impact Measurements: Advice and guidance on both social accounts and environmental accounts in relation to capturing relevant impact measurements for the organisation.
As partners Co-operative and Community Finance offer due diligence & loan appraisal and advice with a particular emphasis on financial management and long term loan monitoring. There is an existing relationship between SWCS and CCF but, as a separate organisation, objectivity with loan appraisal is maintained.